San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was started in 1996 as a grassroots effort to establish local management of marine resources. Our mission is to protect and restore the marine waters, habitats and species of the Salish Sea to achieve ecosystem health and sustainable resource use.

Marine Stewardship Area

In 2004, the San Juan Board of County Commissioners Created the San Juan Marine Stewardship Area (MSA) and asked the MRC to work with scientists and community leaders to create a management plan that would achieve a healthy marine ecosystem in balance with human use and enjoyment.

MSA Map Key

Map of Kelp Beds

Salmon Recovery

The Lead Entity Program is devoted to recovery of sustainable salmon populations to support the needs of the local ecosystem, wildlife, and people in the San Juans. The County is the Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery in the San Juan Islands.

Marine Managers’ Workshops

Every year, we offer workshops to educated and inform on marine issues in our area. Check out the previous events and presentation slides.

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Orcas Landing Experience Project

We are designing an exhibit area near the Orcas Landing Ferry area. Help us create a great learning experience

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MRC Meetings

We meet the 1st Wednesday of every month. Our 1st Wednesday of the month is dedicated to a business meeting. We often have guest presentations on various topics as a part of this meeting. The 3rd Wednesday of the month is dedicated to subcommittee meetings. Agendas will be posted 1 day prior to the next meeting. Come join us!

View the schedule & agenda